If you've ever planned a vacation, you know the importance of setting a limit for how much you can spend while allowing for the unexpected. In the same way, AdWords lets you set daily budgets for your campaigns with the flexibility to change them at any time.
Decide how much to spend
With AdWords, you choose a daily budget for each campaign based on your advertising goals and the general amount you're comfortable spending each day.
Using this example, here's how you'd figure out your daily budget:
$0.10 x 100 = $10 per day (Cost-per-click x Clicks per day = Daily budget)
If you're used to working with a monthly advertising budget, you can calculate the amount you might budget per day by dividing your monthly budget by 30.4 – the average number of days per month.
Let's say you normally spend $304 per month on advertising. To figure out your daily budget, you'd divide $304 by 30.4 and would get a daily budget of $10.
304 / 30.4 = $10 per day (Monthly budget / Average number of days per month = Daily budget)You can also create shared budgets, which let you allocate budget across multiple campaigns.
Set your daily budget
Your daily budget applies to a single campaign, not all campaigns in your account. Here's how to set your daily budget for a new campaign:
- Sign in to your AdWords account at .
- Click the Campaigns tab.
- Click + Campaign and select the campaign type you'd like to create:
- "Search Network with Display Select"
- "Search Network only"
- "Display Network only"
- Finish (or skip) choosing your other campaign settings and click Save and continue.
- Get a recommendation. AdWords shows recommended budgets for campaigns that repeatedly meet their daily budget but have the potential to earn more clicks and impressions. Learn how to find your recommended daily budget.
- Don't set and forget. Check your account regularly to look for campaigns that are limited by budget or have leftover dollars. A limited budget could mean fewer clicks and impressions than you might have otherwise earned, whereas a bloated budget may actually increase the cost per click of your ads if you're using automatic bidding. You can check the Status column on your Campaigns tab to see whether any of your campaigns show a "Limited by budget" status.
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You can change your daily budget at any time and as many times as you like. Here's how to edit your daily campaign budget from the Campaigns tab:
- In the Campaigns table, click the budget you'd like to edit.
- Enter a new campaign budget.Try it now
- Click Save.
Here's how to edit your daily campaign budget from a campaign's Settings tab:
- Select the campaign you want to edit.
- Click the Settings tab.
- In the "Budget" section, click the Edit link next your campaign's daily budget.
- Enter the new budget.Try it now
If you want to change the budget for multiple campaigns at once:
- Check the box next to any campaigns you want to edit. You can also select all campaigns by clicking the topmost checkbox next to the Campaign column header.
- From the Edit menu, select Budget….
- Click Preview changes to see what your edits will look like, or click Make changes to edit your selected campaigns.